Unlocking Mobile Phones Voted Legal, but Problem Not Solved - eWeek
Unlocking Mobile Phones Voted Legal, but Problem Not Solved
A bill making it legal to unlock mobile phones narrowly passed in the House, after language was added to exclude unlocking for "bulk resale." The House has approved a bill that will make it legal again for consumers to unlock mobile phones. H.R. 1123 ...
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Once it was illegal to unlock your cell phones..The White House agrees with the 114,000+ signature for the petition who believe that consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones using third party vendors like Unlocking4U.com without risking criminal or other penalties. In fact, we believe the same principle should also apply to tablets, which are increasingly similar to smart phones. And if you have paid for your mobile device, and aren't bound by a service agreement or other obligation, you should be able to use it on another network. It's common sense, crucial for protecting consumer choice, and important for ensuring we continue to have the vibrant, competitive wireless market that delivers innovative products and solid service to meet consumers' needs. This is particularly important for secondhand or other mobile devices that you might buy or receive as a gift, and want to activate on the wireless network that meets your needs -- even if it isn't the one on which the device was first activated. All consumers deserve that flexibility.
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